American scientists plan to build a hypersonic aircraft which could strike anywhere in the world within two hours. [BBC Science News] The idea is that the HCV would take off from a conventional airfield in the continental United States carrying a 12,000 pound (5,500 kilogram) payload. This payload would be made up from a variety of munitions, including cruise missiles and a new “glide bomb” dropped from space.
Those of us outside the United States who have seen them launch a war against Iraq without official sanction from the United Nations are already deeply concerned. We have no real reason to trust the current US administration (has there ever been reason to trust them?). Now we see they want to be able to drop bombs on any place in the world within 2 hours, and without backing from the rest of the world.
The current and future international political environment severely constrains this country’s ability to conduct long-range strike missions on high-value time-critical targets from outside CONUS [the continental United States]. — DARPA
While the science of delivering materials at high speed around the world is intrinsically interesting, the stated application of it is very disturbing.